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Exploring Backcountry Wilderness Design through the User Experience in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

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Title: Exploring Backcountry Wilderness Design through the User Experience in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
Author: Neufeld, Chad
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Kelly, Sean
Abstract: This research explored the human relationship with wilderness through the recreational activities of hiking and backcountry camping in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park located in southwestern British Columbia. A case study and questionnaire completed by 119 visitors was used to determine the ideal backcountry wilderness experience as identified by using the Recreation Experience Preference (REP) scales. Results indicated that the highest priority wilderness design features included viewing scenery, having a sense of remoteness, and reduction of litter and waste. Conclusions suggest that the user experience can be improved by designing for scenic views, protecting the remote feel of an environment, and ensuring an adequate mix of trail and backcountry facilities while reducing litter and waste. Findings are specific to Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park but may aid landscape architects in the design of similar wilderness parks through the further understanding of the user experience in wilderness areas.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/7875
Date: 2014-03
Rights: Attribution 2.5 Canada


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